Celebration for Cheshire Union
THE Mere Resort and Spa proved once more to be a superb venue to stage the 65th Annual Dinner for the Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs.
There was an attendance of more than 180 representing Cheshire clubs and officials and many guests from other county unions and golf organisations who enjoyed fantastic food, great company and excellent speeches and entertainment on another night to remember for Cheshire as it moves closer to its Centenary in 2020.
The principal guest was Keith Macintosh, the Captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, who proposed a toast the CUGC and gave an informative and amusing account of his distinguished time in golf and praised Cheshire for its high profile in golf.
The response was given by Cheshire President Roy Smethurst of Crewe Golf Club, a true golfing legend in his county, country and in Europe.
Roy outlined the hard work done by county officials during the past season which saw them organise over 50 events for the county championships, life members, county matches, seniors and juniors plus many coaching and practice sessions and he thanked them all as well as recognising the achievements and successes of the many guests at the dinner.
Roy also presented prize vouchers to Dave Nelson (Northenden GC) for the Seniors Order of Merit, Tom Dolan (Heswall) for the Northern and Cheshire Order of Merit and Mike Harrington (Mottram Hall) as the Cheshire Player of the Year.
The final entertainment was provided by comedian John Martin who gave a great demonstration of Scouse humour to bring down the curtain on another memorable night for Cheshire Golf.
A Texas Scramble for Wilmslow’s men was led jin by the hot trio of Greg Dobbie, Chris and Jeremy Turner with 56.2.
Next in were Graham Baker, Jamie Donald and Paul Robinson 57.4 and Gary Brebner, Stuart James and Ian Menzies 59.0.
A Sunday ‘Open to All’ Stableford at Styal was won by Stuart Godfrey with 39 points from John Molloy 38 and Simon Tracey 36.
Styal seniors played the first of their Winter League Stablefords with Michael Collier making an early statement posting 41 points to finish ahead of David Blackburn and David Greenwood, both 39 and also in the frame with 38 points were Alan Townsend, Phil Moore and David Riley.
Styal ladies were also in Stableford action with Lynn Guy posting 38 points to finish ahead of Jenny Merren 37 and Enid Laverty and Diana Prow, both 34.
Monthly medal action at Shrigley Hall saw Brian Hopkins show his enduring class taking division one with 71 from Charles Green 74 and Roderick Scott 75.
In division two Nick Rainford was in charge with 75 from Keith Froggatt 76 and Tony Luck 77.
A Midweek Stableford at Mottram Hall was won by Matt Allen after a cpo on 33 points with Martin Firth.
Prestbury’s men enjoyed a Three Man am am and none more than J Bianchi, R Irving and M Jackson who led in with 81 points.
It was close for the runners-up spot with three teams locked on 80 points but getting the nod in the cpo were D Rowley, D Aitchison and N Speake from I Bartholomew, N Bridge and J Ogden and T Coutts, M Gibson and B Seddon.
Prestbury Golf Club
Alliance president John Dowd presents his trophy to Manchester captain Dave Smith